Vancouver-born Angela Lee and brother Christian featured in MMA title fights
April 04, 2018 - 2:16 AM
There will be brother-and-sister title fights on the One Championship MMA card May 18 in Singapore.
Vancouver-born (Unstoppable) Angela Lee defends her atomweight crown against Japanese veteran Mei (V.V) Yamaguchi in the main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And Christian (The Warrior) Lee, Angela's younger brother, will challenge Australian Martin (The Situ-Asian) Nguyen for his One Championship featherweight title.
The "One: Unstoppable Dreams" card will mark Angela Lee's first fight since May 26, 2017. Yamaguchi (17-10-1) has fought twice since then, winning both times.
And it is the first bout for Angela Lee since a car crash that derailed a Nov. 24 fight against the 35-year-old Yamaguchi, whom Lee had beaten in May 2016 to win the Asia-based MMA promotion's first female title.
The atomweight division covers 105 to 115 pounds.
Lee's car accident occurred Nov. 6 in Hawaii when she left her home at around 4:30 a.m. to drive to her nearby gym. The 21-year-old dozed off and hit the guardrail before flipping over some six times.
Lee (8-0-0) escaped serious injury, returned to training in January.
Nguyen (10-2-0) is coming off a split-decision loss in March to bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes, a Brazilian-born fighter who now calls Vancouver home.
Christian Lee is look to avenge a 2016 loss to Nguyen, the only man to ever defeat him. The 19-year-old Lee (9-1-0) has won his last four bouts at 145 pounds.
Christian and Angela Lee, who divide time between the Hawaiian island of Oahu and Singapore, come from a fighting family. Father Ken and mother Jewelz are decorated martial artists who teach at their United MMA gym in Waipahu, Hawaii, where Angela and Christian are instructors.
Ken was born in Singapore and Jewelz in South Korea. She moved to Hawaii at a young age while he came to Canada at the age of four. They met in Hawaii when Ken went there for high school, moving to Canada after graduation and eventually marrying.
Angela lived in Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada until she was seven, when the family returned to Hawaii. Angela, who has dual Canadian-American citizenship, graduated from high school in 2014.
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